Circulating Textile Waste into Value
The European textile and clothing industry is a strategic pillar of the European economy with 140.000 companies and employing 1.300.000 people, it has a turnover of €147 billion and exports amount to €58 billion.
By the end of 2024, Europe will face the challenge to compulsory separate the collection of textile waste. As it stands, there is no large scale plan across Europe to reuse and recycle the current 7.5 million tons of textile waste.
To remain competitive, the industry is undergoing a deep transformation towards circularity and sustainability.
ReHubs is a membership-based association. Its goal is to set up a synergic collective based on recycling hubs in Europe to upcycle textile waste & industrially scale up the collecting, sorting, processing and recycling of pre-consumer and postconsumer materials. ReHubs works across four different textile waste streams.
Textile waste generated by household and private consumers. Examples include clothing and home textiles.
Textile waste generated after commercial use. Examples include textiles used in the hospitality sector.
Textile waste generated at retail level. Examples include overstock, returns, damaged and all unsellable goods.
Textile waste generated during the manufacturing and production. Examples include cut & saw, overruns, defect yarn.
KEY FIGURES FOR THE CIRCULAR VALUE CHAIN
7.5 million tons
of textile waste is generated in the EU in 2022
2.5 million tons
of textile waste is currently collected in Europe
4.5 million tons
of discarded textiles could be collected by 2030
The textile value chain for textile recycling is not yet mature: to go from a linear textile value chain to a circular one, 5 main parts of this value chain must be matured and scaled up: collection, sorting for recycling, sorting for reuse, pre-processing and recycling. In addition, it is an opportunity for near-shoring.
BENEFITS FOR THE FUTURE
- Recycling at industrial level
- Quality secondary raw materials
- Cost reduction
- Circular design
- Setting a global example of valuing textile waste
- Digital market place
- Creation of Know-How platform
- Guide SMEs to circularity
- Green Deal